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Former CMS official joins Deloitte's healthcare practice, and other news makers
By Modern Healthcare | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Danielle Moon, a former top official at the CMS, has joined consulting giant Deloitte's healthcare practice as a federal health policy analyst.
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Medicare ACOs get both bonuses and penalities
By Melanie Evans | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Medicare's accountable care organization initiatives have improved quality of care, but cost savings have proved more elusive.
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House, Senate OK bill requiring more hospice inspections
By Paul Demko | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Legislation that requires hospice facilities to be inspected at least every three years quietly cleared the House and Senate this week. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill.
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Why one congressman wants to scrap Medicare's hospital appeals deal
By Bob Herman | September 19, 2014
The CMS has been pretty quiet about its Medicare appeals settlement for hospitals, and now a congressman wants the agency to retract the offer altogether.
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Reform Update: Anthem's Vivity alliance with seven L.A. systems aims at Kaiser
By Melanie Evans | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
News of an unusual joint venture between Anthem Blue Cross and seven Los Angeles health systems signaled new competition for Kaiser Permanente, the integrated health system with one of California's largest insurers. It also underscores the eagerness across the industry to broker novel and riskier...
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Medicare ACOs improve quality, have mixed results on slowing spending, CMS says
By Melanie Evans | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The participants in Medicare's programs for accountable care organizations have continued to produce mixed results. Quality broadly improved but savings proved more elusive among the early participants.
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Hospital, physician office prices remain flat in August
By Melanie Evans | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The moderate inflation that has helped slow health spending continued last month, as prices paid by insurers to physician offices and acute-care hospitals remained flat, federal figures show.
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Vital Signs
MedPAC disputes that half of new Medicare enrollees pick Advantage
By Paul Demko | September 15, 2014
Half of new Medicare beneficiaries are opting for private plans over the traditional fee-for-service program. That's a statistic that's been reported by Modern Healthcare and other publications in recent years. Healthcare consultant John Gorman, one of the foremost experts on Medicare Advantage,...
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Hackbarth leaving MedPAC board after 15 years
By Paul Demko | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Glenn Hackbarth will step down as chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission next year. Hackbarth was appointed to the commission in 2000 and has served as chairman since 2001.
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Rural health clinics could be getting overpaid, report cautions
By Virgil Dickson | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hundreds of rural health clinics may have been overpaid millions of dollars, according to a recently released report from HHS' Office of Inspector General. Of the 3,521 RHCs OIG examined in its report, 434, or 12%, no longer meet one or both of the qualifications to maintain the designation.
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